Criminal charges will not be filed against agent Adam Venit after he was accused of groping Terry Crews at a party.
Crews first publicly alleged that a “high level Hollywood executive” groped his crotch at an industry party (initially not naming Venit) last October. He reported the incident to the Los Angeles Police Department last November, alleging that Venit grabbed his crotch at an industry party at Hutchinson restaurant in February 2016.
Police investigated and forwarded the complaint to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office on February 6th.
The D.A.’s office determined that the case was not a felony. A prosecutor wrote on a charge evaluation sheet that “given that the suspect did not make contact with the victim’s skin when he grabbed the victim’s genitals and there is no restraint involved, a felony filing is declined.”
The case was subsequently referred to the office of L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer for possible misdemeanor prosecution. According to a spokesman in Feuer’s office, the case exceeded the one-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors. Thus the office rejected the case on February 20th.
The D.A.’s office is still considering five other cases against producer Harvey Weinstein, and five cases against director James Toback. The office set up a “task force” of sex-crimes prosecutors last autumn to handle the numerous cases from the entertainment industry.